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Luzerne County Man Sentenced To 151 Months In Prison For Role In Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Luzerne County man was sentenced to 151  months in prison on Monday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley in Scranton, for participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy that operated in Luzerne County during February through October 2014.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Shaliek Stroman, age 32, of Edwardsville, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others from Luzerne County, New Jersey, and Alabama, to distribute heroin to customers in the Luzerne County area. Stroman admitted to distributing more than 1500 bags of heroin, and was sentenced as a “career offender” under the federal sentencing guidelines due to multiple prior drug trafficking convictions.

In imposing the sentence, Judge Munley called Stroman a “recidivist heroin dealer” who must be held accountable for repeatedly distributing heroin during the past ten years.

Stroman was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton in October 2014, as a result of an investigation by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Kingston Police, Plymouth Police and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Munley also ordered Stroman to forfeit his interest in more than $7000 in cash and a vehicle seized during the investigation. Stroman was ordered to be placed on three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the heroin initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  

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Updated January 5, 2016

Drug Trafficking